King Arthur 'was an unpleasant warlord'
29th September 2009
A new book claims that King Arthur would have been considered a war criminal by today's standards.
Historian Dr Simon Young told the Daily Telegraph that his new work The Celtic Revolution argues the real person behind the hero of English legend was not a 'wonderful, chivalric individual'.
'Arthur was not supposed just to return his people to happiness but to entirely wipe out their neighbours - the English,' he explained.
Dr Young also told the newspaper that there are several candidates for the real King Arthur, but most are Celtic warlords who lived in an 'extremely unpleasant and very violent' time.
The expert also pointed out that the 'Walt Disney' elements of the legend, such as the lady in the lake and the sword in the stone, were added by later English writers who ignored the original brutality.
A review of The Celtic Revolution in the Daily Mail claims that the book is a 'surprising' work which argues that the Celts should be considered as important as the Greeks and Romans in terms of the legacy they left for the modern world.